22.6 million children in developing countries do not receive life-saving vaccines that parents in wealthy nations take for granted. GAVI exists to redress this inequity
22.6 million children unimmunised
Every child, no matter where he or she is born, has the right to the opportunity of a healthy life and vaccines are one of the best ways to assure it.
- They save lives.
- They prevent disease so children can grow up to lead productive lives.
- They are cost-effective and much cheaper than hospitalising a sick child.
Yet each year 22 million children - many of them in the poorest and most remote communities - do not have access to the most basic vaccines. One in five of all children who die before the age of five lose their lives to vaccine-preventable diseases. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occur in developing countries.
In January 2000, with global immunisation rates stagnating, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) was launched to fund vaccines for children in more than 70 of the world's poorest countries. Its mission: to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries.
By pulling the specialist skills of all the main players in immunisation - WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donor governments, developing countries, international development and finance organisations and the pharmaceutical industry - into one, decision-making body, GAVI has brought a single-minded focus to the urgent task of closing the gap between children for whom immunisation is a given and millions of children worldwide with no access to basic vaccines.
At GAVI's first ever pledging conference, held in London in June 2011, the Alliance embraced an ambitious five year agenda: assist developing countries to immunise an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015 and potentially save four million more lives. These goals were enshrined in a five-year strategy 2011-201, which includes strategic goals, a series of programmatic targets and a range of indicators to monitor progress towards fulfilling GAVI's mission. Click here to learn more about these strategic goals.
Midway through GAVI's five-year strategy period, the Alliance is reaching a record number of children with life-saving vaccines. More countries than ever are introducing new vaccines, resulting in more deaths averted and increased health and wellbeing for millions of people.
Click here to track our progress.
Global number of under-five children unimmunised with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP3)
Revised figures for 2011 ( July 2012)
Sources/credits: WHO/UNICEF coverage estimates 2012 revision. July 2013.